Fenty: I Will Sign Law to Extend Bar Hours
D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) reiterated his intention to sign the legislation approved by the D.C. Council last week that would allow bars and nightclubs to serve alcohol until 5 a.m. and stay open all night from Jan. 17-21. This despite the objections of Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Bob Bennett, along with the Downtown Cluster of Congregations, who've sent protest letters to the mayor and other city leaders.
On Bruce DePuyt's NewsChannel 8 talk show this afternoon, Fenty said he would sign the law. The mayor said the council has acted by making the law and it's the mayor's job to enforce it.
Fenty had objected to nightclubs being included, but the council included them anyway.
DePuyt asked why Fenty didn't negotiate with the council.
"If I thought there was something the city council did that would materially change the quality of life in the District of Columbia, I would absolutely use all the powers," Fenty said. "The fact of the matter is the bars are going to be open to a certain point. They're going to be open till 1 or 2 o'clock and we're going to have a police shift on. If we have to extend the shift, we will. But I just come from the political doctrine, I'm not going to sit here and whine or make excuses. If this is what the city council thinks, that the bars should be open, then our police department will step up."
Asked about the objections of Feinstein and Bennett, Fenty said he did not anticipate that Congress would act to overrule the council's legislation. He said he has talked to Feinstein and they have pledged to work together to ensure maximum security.
David A Nakamura
December 10, 2008; 5:14 PM ET
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